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The Business of Art

Indiana Resources

ArtsEye: A monthly e-newsletter for artists from the Indiana Arts Commission. ArtsEye has timely information about workshops, job opportunities, calls for artists, and more

Artist Professional Development Series: A series of free workshops sponsored by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Primary Colours, designed specifically for the emerging career artist. Past topics have included tax and copyright issues, basic business practices, photographing slides for submissions, writing grant proposals and more.

Arts Place, Inc: Offers an ongoing series of technical assistance workshops for artists and arts providers. Located in Portland, Arts Place, Inc. is a regional arts organization serving East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio. For more information, contact the Arts Place.

National Resources

SEA/Self-Employment in the Arts

Artists' Career Resources from the Craft Emergency Relief fund.

CAR: Chicago Artists Resource: The CAR website has lots of information that will also be of interest to arts professionals outside of the Chicago area. The Creatives at Work Forums CAR sponsors are usually recorded and archived on the website. Subscribe the their free e-newsletter for useful updates.

Business of Art Articles: From NYFA Source (all disciplines). Articles on the following topics: Careers, Exhibiting & Performing, For Art Students, Fundraising, Housing & Studio, Insurance, Legal, Marketing, Money, Web Site Development, and more.

Legal Issues

"Getting the Right Insurance Coverage" provides information about business insurance for artists, on The Craft Emergency Relief Fund+ website.

Liability Insurance: From Fractured Atlas. Members are eligible to purchase insurance coverage for arts events and film productions, at reduced rates. Membership fee.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: Click on Resources for sources of information on the following topics: Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark, Contracts, Entity Formation, For Profit, and Nonprofit.

Taxes & Accounting

Living and Working with Disabilities: IRS Publication 3966: Presents basic information about existing tax credits and benefits that may be available to qualifying taxpayers with disabilities. Publication 3966 en Espanol.

Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities: IRS Publication 907 provides information about aspects of tax law that may be of interest to people with disabilities: income, itemized deductions, tax credits, and household employees. More detailed than #3966 above.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Accessibility webpage

IRS Live Telephone Assistance: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Individuals: call 800-829-1040. People with hearing impairments: call 800-829-4059 (TDD).

IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): Check the website or call 1-800-906-9887.

Taxpayer Advocate Service: An IRS service for individuals to address taxpayer problems not resolved through normal IRS channels, assisting taxpayers who are facing hardships, and identifying issues that impact taxpayer rights. See more information in IRS Publication 1546. Call the service at 877-777-4778 or 800-829-4059 (TTY/TTD).



See also: Self-Employment (including Health Insurance resources).

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